Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor The editors at Sycamore Review were thrilled when judge Antonya Nelson chose Joe B. Sills story “The Duck” as the 2011 Wabash Fiction prize winner. Nelson said of the story, “This story stands out for being both entirely original, and entirely paying homage to the father of short story writers, Anton Chekhov. … Continue reading Joe B. Sills: A Minefield of Concussive but Potentially Enlightening Moments

THE DUCK: an excerpt of the 2011 Wabash Fiction Prize story

by Joe B. Sills Little by little I am entering into a fantastic world. -Chekhov The first snow of winter falls on The Taganrog Gymnasium for Boys.  Students exit from a wide doorway, each of them uniformed in a dark blue tunic with a long row of copper buttons.  A first-grader removes his cloak and … Continue reading THE DUCK: an excerpt of the 2011 Wabash Fiction Prize story

2011 Wabash Prize for Fiction Results!

BY ANTHONY COOK, Editor-in-Chief After careful consideration, guest judge Antonya Nelson has selected Joe B. Sills’ story, “The Duck,” as the winner of Sycamore Review’s 2011 Wabash Prize for Fiction. “The Duck” is at once deceptively simple and incredibly ambitious–its central character is a young Anton Chekhov. Ms. Nelson said of ”The Duck”: ”This story stands out … Continue reading 2011 Wabash Prize for Fiction Results!